Durant Weekly News
August 18, 1916
Caddo Carnival in Full Blast
Miss Ida Freeny Voted Queen of the Carnival
Large Crowds are in Attendance and Hundreds are on Hand from this City
Caddo, Okla. Aug. 17- Caddo’s Annual Corn Carnival starts today bigger and better than ever before.
The exhibits are in place; the halls and grounds are nicely decorated; the roadway to the grounds scraped and sprinkled; the concession men are here; entries sufficient to insure the success of the many contests have been made and the big parade is about ready. Many floats, buggies, wagons, and autos have been entered for the prizes on decorations.
One of the great features of the Carnival will be the exhibits and actual work of the Boys and Girls Clubs; they will have a gloat in the parade, the girls all dressed in their uniforms, and at the exhibit hall they will give actual demonstrations each day of what they have learned under Mrs. Fash. It will be an inspiring feature and will give the youngsters to understand that they play an important part in the progress of the world.
Last Saturday night the Queen’s contest closed with the election of Miss Ida Freeny as Queen, she receiving 24,546 votes. She is the daughter of Judge R. C. Freeny, who was county commissioner from this district the first five years of statehood; is a lovely and charming young woman, popular with everyone who knows her. In her train will be a number of popular and handsome young ladies who will grace the occasion. The Queen’s float, now complete, is a marvel of beauty and a poem of construction. It was designed by H. T. Styron, who has in charge the decorations of the Carnival and who is an artist of no mean ability.
Here in Durant arrangements were made Wednesday whereby 80 Durant automobiles would attend the Carnival the first day and perhaps a hundred or more folks promised to go by train. The cars left here at 10 o’clock Thursday morning and made quite a procession as they wound their ways “Caddoward”. All cars bore large banners advertising the Bryan County Fair to be held in Durant.